After training with Cus D’Amato at an early age, Atlas pursued a career as a trainer as he trained notable boxers such as Timothy Bradley & Wladimir Klitschko.
With rumors of a potential Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather boxing match taking place in September, Atlas weighed in on how he would train McGregor for a fight with Mayweather.
He explained to ESPN:
“FIRST OFF, I WOULDN’T. HE HAS NO CHANCE IN A TRADITIONAL BOXING MATCH. HIS ONLY CHANCE WOULD BE WITH MMA RULES, WHERE HE COULD TRY TO BRING FLOYD TO THE MAT WHERE HE COULD — OF COURSE — EASILY BE THE VICTOR.
HE WOULD NEED ABOUT FIVE YEARS — AND I’M BEING VERY GENEROUS AND CONSERVATIVE — OF BOXING TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE TO EVEN ENTERTAIN THE THOUGHT OF BEING COMPETITIVE WITH ANY A-PLUS-LEVEL BOXER.
BUT I WILL PLAY THIS IMAGINARY GAME WITH YOU FOR A COUPLE OF MINUTES BECAUSE I LOVE ESPN. SO IF I DID TRAIN HIM, AT THIS POINT I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’D HAVE HIM DO, BUT I’M SURE OF WHAT I WOULD NOT HAVE HIM DO — I WOULDN’T HAVE HIM JUST ATTACK LIKE THE CAVEMAN HE TRIES TO ACT LIKE. BEING AGGRESSIVE [ALTHOUGH THERE ARE MANY WHO WOULD BELIEVE THAT IS HIS ONE AND ONLY CHANCE] WOULD NOT BE MY ADVICE — HE WOULD SIMPLY BRING ON HIS DEMISE QUICKER, AND YOU DON’T ATTACK A GREAT DEFENSIVE COUNTER PUNCHER, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU ARE SO CRUDE.
I WOULD HAVE [HIM] TRY AND GET FLOYD TO COME FORWARD — TEACH [MCGREGOR] HOW TO STEP BACK AND COUNTER, HOPING TO GET FLOYD TO PERHAPS BE SO OVERCONFIDENT THAT HE MIGHT BE DRAWN INTO A TRICK PUNCH — IN OTHER WORDS, A SNEAK PUNCH.
ALSO, IF YOU ARE GOING TO HIT SOMEONE AS SMOOTH AS FLOYD, IT HAS TO BE APPROACHED LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM PLAYING AGAINST A FAST DEFENSE: YOU NEED MISDIRECTION PLAYS — LIKE SHANE MOSLEY DID A FEW YEARS AGO  WHEN HE FAKED A JAB TO FLOYD’S BODY AND INSTEAD THREW A RIGHT HAND UP TOP — AFTER THAT I WOULD PRAY.”